Taking care of your physical health: During times of worry and uncertainty, we may neglect the things that will support our digestive wellness. When our digestive health is thrown out-of-balance, we experience uncomfortable and sometimes debilitating symptoms. This includes: gas, bloating, stomach pain, cramps and nausea.
The steps below will support balance and assure you feel overall consistency with both your digestive and overall wellness.
Eat a balanced diet of healthy, fibre-rich foods (fruits & vegetables, beans, grains).
Reduce your intake of processed high-fat foods and sugar.
Incorporate foods rich in probiotics (yogurt, kefir, kombucha, sauerkraut).
Schedule consistent meal and snack times
Consume smaller food portions.
Incorporate probiotic and digestive enzyme supplements recommended by credible sources.
Remember to hydrate — the key to breaking down foods so your body can better absorb nutrients.
Move lots to promote the digestion process and maintain a healthy weight.
Maintain your level of stress and anxiety. By not maintaining this, you can experience heartburn and other digestive disorders.
Click here for more tips on healthy eating that supports digestive wellness.
Taking care of your emotional wellness: During these challenging times of COVID, gratitude can be difficult to practice or feel. Listed below are tips on how to practice gratitude and why it is important.
It is associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.
Gratitude helps us experience more positive emotions such as optimism, enthusiasm, love, joy, and happiness, while protecting us from the destructive emotions such as envy, free, bitterness, and resentment.
Tips to practice gratitude: Start a gratitude journal. Appreciate all types of things that come to your mind; find gratitude in your life challenges; practice mindfulness to gain clarity on things to be grateful for; write it as things come to mind or at designated times of day; and have fun while doing it.
“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
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